a DMterview with Jade (@jademakessounds)

for yr consideration: an improvised, phone-recorded piano album...

Hello readers. After a hiatus last week, I’m trying out a new time zone for The Molly Zone, specifically Wednesdays. We’ll see if a midweek music newsletter is the vibe when reading about musicians and the cool shit they do is the move.

And in the Molly Zone today….

Another D-lightful DM-terview (after the last one with Full Blown Meltdown) if I do say so myself. This time I DM’d over Instagram with Jade about To Climb a Winding Staircase, their almost-entirely-improvised album of piano instrumentals recorded during peak Covid times of 2020.

It’s an absolutely gorgeous album — the kind you can put on and let your mind languidly circle around some lost, unearthed memory — and I was shocked to find out it was recorded entirely on a phone microphone. Do you know how I feel about accessible technology facilitating cool musical moments? I feel great about it. It’s like my fave thing. And somehow I think the recording style, combined with the improvisatory nature of the music, gives the album an extra aura of atmospheric magic. Anyway let’s…talk….PIANO!!!!!!

Find To Climb a Winding Staircase on all listening platforms here.

In my own Zone…hmmm…don’t u dare miss the interview I did with Noelle Janasiewicz for the Alternative! We talked about her DIY collective Doors At Seven and why everyone should try booking house shows. And also please enjoy the complete And Introducing coverage of Bono’s memoir: part 1 and part 2. Oh I also interviewed Atlas Engine for #tellmeaboutyourband :)